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sanctions against the north from the u.s. and other countries. at the live desk, angie goff, news 4. >>> this nuclear test comes as president obama prepares to call for a reduction in america's nuclear arsenal. we learned that he will talk about that proposal tonight during his state of the union address. the white house says the president is putting the finishing touches on the speech. focus will be primarily on the economy. and the billions of dollars in budget cuts set to happen automatically on march 1st. president obama has urged congress to pass a short term agreement to avoid those potentially devastating cuts. now, you may want to avoid driving near the capitol tonight because of the state of the union. capitol police closing several streets starting at 7:00 including constitution avenue between second street east and louisiana avenue northwest. pennsylvania avenue between first and third streets northwest and east capitol streets between second and first streets. independence avenue will be closed between second and washington avenue in southeast southwest. >>> president ob
. the taliban says the attack was revenge for u.s. drone strikes that killed two of their leaders. 12 militants also died in that assault. it follows a bombing at a moscow earlier in the day. 24 were killed in that blast. >>> also new this morning, north korea is threatening the united states. the country is promising to retaliate against the u.s. for having so-called double standards after south korea launched a rocket this week. washington condemned north korea's rocket launch in december but not south korea's. north korea has not said how it will retaliate. u.s. diplomats claim north korea used their test on banned missile technology. >>> right now, vice president joe biden is speaking at a security conference in munich, germany. he said the u.s. is prepared to hold talks with iran if they're serious. it is a busy day for biden, who's also expected to meet with opposition leaders in syria. it will be the highest level meeting the u.s. has had on the syrian conflict since it began two years ago. >>> today marks one year since a transgender woman was stabbed to death in northeast d.c. mayor vi
but promises to pursue firm action. the u.s. security council has scheduled an emergency meeting for later this morning. and china has shown opposition to the test. >>> fugitive chris dorner is on the run from los angeles. the former lapd cop has been officially charged with killing michael caine. and dorner is charged with revenge killings. >>> meanwhile, large wanted billboards featuring dorner's picture are now up in southern california. there's a $1 million reward for information leading to his capture. >>> meanwhile, in chicago a manhunt has ended and two men are charged in the shooting death of 15-year-old hadiya pendleton. 18-year-old michael ward and kenneth williams face charges of murder and attempted murder with battery. they say they opened fire on hadiya last month. officials say it was a tragic case of mistaken identity. >> michael ward has confessed and indicated that hadiya was not the intended target. in fact, the offenders had it all wrong. they thought the group they shot into included members of a rival gang. >> first lady michelle obama attended the teen's funeral on s
test. the underground test was confirmed after the u.s. geological survey detected the 4.9 magnitude blast. pong yong saying they did it to cope with outrageous hostility that undermines their country. a wave of reaction from world leaders since followed. president obama released a statement calling the test a highly provocative act. he adds, north korea's missile programs are a threat to the world and the latest test warrants swift action by the international community. happening right now, u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon who condemns the test is organizing an emergency meeting to start at 9:00 a.m. our time. meanwhile, south korea has come out to say the north won't be able to avoid grave responsibility and china also expressing firm opposition to the nuclear tests this morning. now, this is north korea's third nuclear test since 2006 and the first since kim jong-un took power. while the explosion was bigger than in the past, the country is still far from having a nuclear armed missile that could threaten the u.s. at the live desk, angie goff. >>> president obama will lay the gr
the u.s. postal service says delivering the mail on saturdays must stop. if they are to survive. it's one of two american institutions in the news tonight for differing reasons in changing times. we want to begin tonight with nbc's tom costello in glen echo, maryland. tom, good evening. >> reporter: hi, brian, no secret the postal service is up to its neck in red ink, handling 30 billion fewer pieces of first class mail today than just four years ago. and guess what? delivery of packages booming because we're all buying stuff online. this action is about just trying to keep the lights on. for people all over america, like 71-year-old lois sexton in tennessee, that mailbox at the end of the driveway has been a reliable connection to the rest of the world. >> that's my communication with the people i have my retirement with, my social security. >> reporter: since 1863, six days a week, rain or shine, letters, bills, government checks, newspapers, even movies, have arrived, even on saturday. now the 21st century with its e-mail, e-cards and e-pay, has come knocking. >> we cannot put ou
's revolutionary guard a terror organization. and today, incorrectly referred to the u.s. policy on iran and nuclear weapons as containment. >> by the way, i've just been handed a note that i misspoke. >> reporter: hagel said he fully backs the president's position that iran cannot be allowed to get nuclear weapons and says the u.s. should talk to iran. >> engagement is not appeasement. engagement is not surrender. >> reporter: and tonight administration officials tell me that while this was not a perfect performance, they have no indication that democrats have turned against hagel. no sign that his confirmation is in trouble. brian? >> kelly o'donnell on the hill for us tonight. kelly, thanks. >>> the senate also gave final approval today to a measure that would at least put off the debate over raising the debt ceiling. this measure suspends the government's borrowing limit to may 19th. the national debt will be pushing the $17 trillion mark. in other words, it's really washington's version of kicking the can down the road. the president is expected to sign this bill immediately. >>> no
. >> on the fiscal front the u.s. treasury reported a rare surplus in january of $2.9 billion thanks to that social security tax cut that expired last month. >>> meanwhile, transunion says the national rate hike on payments has fallen. >>> a happy valentine's day is not compliblg indicated. 79% of women said a romantic dinner and movie is their preferred valentine's day date. but a special treat to help your lady wouldn't hurt. edible shoe designs from the chocolatier go from $30 to $50 a pair. >>> meet the world's basketball free-throw shooter in action. >>> plus, what started this courtroom brawl. and how did it get so out of control? [ male announcer ] so there's lots of people out there who aren't happy with their internet. [ spokesman ] hi, are you lindsay? yes. did you say, "my internet's so slow it's like a car with no gas"? yes. [ male announcer ] well lindsay, you're about to get verizon fios quantum, america's fastest, most reliable internet. so that's what you used to have... okay. and that's fios. wow, this is crazy fast, almost unbelievable. [ male announcer ] that will put some gas in
he has the perfect defense against criminal prosecution in the u.s. running for public office. he's running for a senate seat in australia and said the u.s. would drop its investigation rather than risk a diplomatic incident. he plans to start a wikileaks party which will run on a platform of transparency in government. >>> in news 4 for your health, say -- there was no increased risk of breast and gynecological cancers from in vitro fertilization. it includes drugs that stimulate ovulation. they've linked treatment to a higher risk of cancer. other studies have not found a connection. >>> your kids are watching us right now, you might want to limit how much tv they watch later today. a new study suggests that children who watch too much television may turn into more aggressive adults. researchers tracked a thousand kids born in the early '70s in new zealand. those kids who watched the most tv were more likely to be convicted of a crime and be more anti-social as adults. the results are not necessarily the result of too much tv. >>> the united nations is reviewing ways to prevent
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, about the u.s. intelligence failures that led to the deaths of four u.s. diplomats in benghazi, libya, but mostly it was about the relatively new phenomenon of raging war by remote control. and what the rules ought to be. talking about u.s. unmanned drones. the predators, and the reapers flying maybe right now in pakistan, in yemen, in somalia. many, many more attacks under the obama administration, 360 so far, and probably just the president's first term, though, no doubt there have been some since he was knock raided for the second, xarpd to 50 in the bush 43 administration. so john brennan was pressed since the new rules on the use of drones finally came out secretly, given to members of the senate intelligence committee overnight, a promise by the administration there will be care taken to maintain american values, maybe even a court setup to review drone strikes before they're launched. here's john brennan. >> the president has insisted that any actions we take will be legally grounded, will be thoroughly anchored in intelligence, will have the appropriate review process, approva
adopting children as retaliation for u.s. sanctions and political issues. last month judges ruled the adoptions could continue. despite fears of more delays, the families can return home can their new children. at the live desk, i'm keith russell. glue and the grammy goes to. babel. >> mumford and sons takes home the album of the year. for somebody that i used to know, and pop rock's fun got best new artist and song of the year. they kept coming up and up on stage a lot. >>> they sure did. the ratings are in. last night's broadcast got the second highest ratings in a decade. >> joining us with a look at some of the highlights billy, rihanna, she performed twice last night. a lot of folks are talking about her cozying up with chris brunell last night. >> yeah, well, it was four years ago to the day, well, the night before the grammys in 2009, where rihanna didn't make it to the show because she was beaten pretty severely. it's uncomfortable for something watching them could noodling away. the interview on the carpet, and it was not even brought up. there they were, back in love. th
. australians pay on average 73% more than the u.s. on itunes downloads and 232% more on computer game downloads. the hearing is expected to happen sometime next month. >>> in news 4 your health, the teen birth rate is the lowest on record. researchers found that 8% drop in teen birth between 2010 and 2011. the teen birth rate has been falling since it peaked in 1991. fewer women in their 20s had babies and more women in 30s and early 40s had babies. the premature birth rate has also dropped. >>> exercise may reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer in some men. in north carolina, they found white men who exercised the most were significantly less likely to get prostate cancer. however, they did not find a link among african-american men. no word on whether researchers studied other ethnic communities. >>> the most advanced new satellite into space. the land sat data continuity mission will blast off from california. nasa calls it the most advanced and capable spacecraft of its kind ever built helping to monitor environmental change and natural resources. it's about the size of an suv and w
bomb. after it was detected by the u.s. geological survey. in a statement, president obama described the test as a highly provocative act. he adds, north korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs constitute a threat to international security and that the north threatening activities warrants further swift and credible action bit international community. meanwhile, u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon condemns the test as a grave violation and called for an emergency meeting today. this is north korea's third nuclear test. the first in 2006 that happened near the site of the two previous atomic blasts. this morning, china has come out and expressed firm opposition to this nuclear test. at the live desk, angie goff, news 4. >>> angie, thank you. as a result of that, president obama will likely do a bit of rewriting today as he prepares for one of the more important speeches of his presidency. he'll deliver his fourth state of the union address tonight. the president will lay out his second term agenda. he'll likely focus on the economy and the billions of dollars of budget c
questions about september's deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. they'll fill in the armed services committee on the results of the defense department's internal review of the attack. four americans were killed including ambassador chris stevens. >>> today house democrats are expected to offer their own gun control proposals. people familiar with the package say it calls for banning assault weapons and banning high-capacity magazines carrying more than ten rounds of ammunition. they say the ten proposals are similar to president obama's gun-control plan. the democrats' proposals are unlikely to go anywhere quickly in the house. a spokesman for house speaker john boehner says the house will wait to see what the senate passes before it takes any action. >>> for the first time in weeks, a boeing 787 dreamliner will take to the skies today. the faa gave boeing permission to fly the plane from texas to washington state. now this is not a test flight. it's just a way to relocate the plane. all 787s remain grounded while investigators figure out what's wrong with thei
that is being called retaliation for u.s. drone strikes. it happened on a pakistani military base in the tribal region of south waziristan. the pakistani taliban claims responsibility. they say the attack is revenge for two drone strikes that killed two of their leaders. two militants also died in the atta attack. >>> also new this morning, north korea is renewing threats against the united states. the country is promising to retaliate against the u.s. for having so-called double standards after neighboring country south korea launched a rocket this week. washington condemned north korea's rocket launch in december but not south korea's launch. north korea hassed no said how it will retaliate. u.s. and south korean diplomats claim north korea used bann enn missile technology. >>> right now, vice president joe biden is meeting with leaders in germany. earlier this morning, he talked about iran's nuclear ambitions at a security conference in munich. he says there's still room for diplomacy if iran is willing to make a good faith effort. >>> today marks one year since the murder of a transgender w
for drone strikes targeting u.s. citizens who are suspected operational leaders of al qaeda. the shift follows mounting demands to see the memos from members of congress. >> they should produce this legal document. i don't think they should hold back anymore. >> i'm going to pull out all the stops to get the actual legal analysis, because without it, in effect, the administration is practicing secret law. >> the move comes two days after nbc news reported on this confidential 16-page justice department white paper that summarized the legal arguments for targeting u.s. citizens who are suspected al qaeda leaders, such as american born anwar al. the white house called such targeted kling a lawful act of self-defense and concluded they did not require the target was plotting a specific attack in the immediate future. the contents of the memo drew sharp criticism from some legal scholars. >> it really looks like a subjective judgment by the american official who will make the call. >> civil liberties advocates say the white house move is not enough. >> it's a memo that really ought to be r
this week. here is the a.p. headline. u.s. limited in fight against north african militants. the united states is struggling to confront an uptick in threats in the newest hot spot with limited intelligence and few partners to help as the obama administration weighs who you to keep islamic extremists from jeopardizing national security without launching war. we want to put up a map here. and explain to people where this is. egypt, libya, algeria, mali, niger. when i read about the idea that we don't have enough intelligence, we've known about al qaeda in north africa since before 9/11. this is the original safe haven of osama bin laden, was north africa. did we drop the ball? >> you know, when al qaeda attacked the united states on 9/11, and it became clear that we had to go to war on terrorism against al qaeda, we focused on al qaeda's core leadership and where they were at. and we've done that. we've gone after them in pakistan, afghanistan, and going after them in yemen, going after them in somalia. yes, they are out there. >> it's been out there a long time, right? it's not new. >>
're starting to see a lot of movement in terms of flights and proactive changes in plans here. we're at the u.s. airways ticket counter. you can see all the people checking in this morning. just a few minutes ago one of the employees made an announcement saying if you are among those with a flight headed to the northeast and impacted by the weather, she instructed those folks to get over into a different line and told them they would be put on earlier flights. the strategy here this morning by the airlines is to get everybody out as early as possible. this weather is going to hit later on in the afternoon. that's when we're expecting to see the major flight cancellations and into tomorrow. they want to move as many people around, get them to the destinations before the weather hits as possible. now, unfortunately, that has not been possible for everyone here had morning. we encountered a gentleman on a different airline. he already had a flight cancel to new york. he's trying to get to the ukraine. >> the flights overbooked everywhere out o of kennedy. like i heard two thirds of the flights dom
, a changing of the guard today in afghanistan, a new commander of nato and u.s. forces took over. marine general joseph dunford succeeded john allen who has been in command the last 18 months. president obama has nominated allen to be the supreme allied commander in europe. the u.s. and its allies plan to hand over security to afghan forces at the end of next year. >>> when "nbc nightly news" continues on this sunday, new information about a potentially deadly disease that's made a big comeback. >>> and later, why they're all rooting for this big guy as a top contender for best in show. . transitions® lenses automatically filter just the right amount of light. so you see everything the way it's meant to be seen. maybe even a little better. visit your eyecare professional today to ask about our newest lenses, transitions vantage and transitions xtractive lenses. experience life well lit. ask which transitions adaptive lens is best for you. test. test. test. test. test. test. test.3 f1 test. test. test. >>> we're back with health news, and concern about a growing outbreak of whooping coug
of a big u.s. city. the blast felt a mile away. tonight, they're still digging through what's left. >>> storm warning. a huge winter system on the move. a dangerous mix in 18 states, 30 million americans in the path of this one. >>> and hoop dreams for the unlikely star of the high school basketball team crushing the competition, though he's just about half their size. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. growing up in this country, you get accustomed to hearing the united states is the greatest nation on earth and the mightiest military force on the planet. what we don't like is feeling vulnerable, the way we do after we have been attacked. and now that we have learned of a massive cyber attack, electronic espionage allegedly at the hands of a branch of the chinese military, and the kind of attack we've been warned about for years, today the white house took action. the problem is, this wake-up call has already hit a slew of big companies, and could reach into our power grid,
capes and parkas, and $5,000 for a football signed by u.s. presidents. using campaign contributions for these kinds of personal expenditures is way over the line. you just can't do it. >> reporter: jackson's wife sandra was also charged with income tax evasion in the case. i offer no excuses more my conduct jackson said in his statement. i want to offer my sincerest apologies to my family, my friends, and all of my supporters for my errors in judgment. jackson resigned last november just weeks after easily winning re-election. while he dropped from public view last year and said he was being treated for bipolar disorder, fbi agents were closing in initially investigating allegations one of his fundraisers offered to raise campaign cash for now convicted illinois governor rod blagojevich in exchange for naming jackson to fill barack obama's senate seat. today at a rally held by operation push, the group founded by his father, family members stoody jackson. we can make it through this period of time. i love my brother. i will stand with him until the end of time. >> reporter: jackson
, and we are now within 72 hours until those forced budget cuts are imposed on the u.s. economy, and the federal government, again, while they have nothing to do with a jury, they are called the sequester, and americans get to judge for themselves who is telling the truth here. the obama administration is close to running out of dire ways to warn of the consequences. the attorney general of the united states actually said today our country is going to be less safe because of these budget cuts. so, if that's the case, why doesn't it feel more urgent amid all the noise here in washington? it's where we begin tonight with our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. you know, we have a new poll out, and it has a simple and clear message -- the american public's patience is wearing thin with washington as it stumbles into yet another manufactured budget crisis. as republicans continue to say he's playing politics, the president was in newport news, virginia, today, a shipbuilding town heavily dependent on military spending.
" that decisions to target suspected terrorists with drone strikes don't come lightly and that u.s. officials make sure they are focused on somebody who is a direct threat to the united states while trying to limit collateral damage. you can watch chuck todd's full interview with the defense secretary on line. that's at meetthepressnbc.com. >>> this morning the baltimore ravens are the super bowl champions after defeating the san francisco 49ers 34-31 in a game that went down to the wire but not without a hitch. nbc's jay gray reports on all the festivities from the big easy. >> reporter: after a week of preparations and parties -- ♪ [ cheers ] >> reporter: the action moved inside. ♪ >> reporter: a poignant start. ♪ spacious skies >> reporter: students from sandy hook elementary singing "america the beautiful," and then -- ♪ o say >> reporter: a powerful denition of the national anthem -- rendition of the national anthem by alicia keys followed by the game. baltimore took a commanding lead early, and at halftime -- ♪ >> reporter: beyonce commanded the stage. ♪ all the single ladies >>
's no intelligence indicating that the americans are engaged in an active plot to attack the u.s. this document makes the case for drone strikes like the september 2011 attacks who kill the operative anwar al awlaki. >>> front and center in washington as president obama holds high-level talks on a topic at the white house, house members will tackle the issue on capitol hill. nbc's tracie potts joins us live with a preview. >> reporter: good morning. let's start at the white house. big group expected there today. two separate meetings, we've got labor leaders, business leaders included within the group, fbiu, the afl-cio, and also ceos of big companies like goldman sachs, coca-cola, united marriott, they're all coming together to talk about the impact of immigration. president obama wants a plan to put 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to stipulate shinn. republicans on capitol hill are worried that will happen before we secure the borders. separate from the white house meeting there's a hearing by house republicans here on capitol hill to talk about that. >> tracie potts in washington. thank yo
extensive budget plan. >>> president obama also continues to clash with republicans over the attack at the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. south carolina senator lindsey graham is threatening to hold up the confirmation for the picks of the penitentiary govern -- pentagon and cis. >>> today the white house will get more input on how to crackdown on gun violence. vice president joe biden will travel to philadelphia for a roundtable discussion on gun safety. law enforcement agents will be a part of that meeting. so will congressional leaders from pennsylvania as well as deputy attorney general james cole. the vice president has been the obama administration's point person for the debate over gun control in recent weeks. >>> a local church is robbed from comfort and joy. how thieves left a congregation in the cold. that's straight ahead. >>> just in time for valentine's day. your chance to get in on mrs. carter's world tour. >>> cold and wet at 4:37. an update on your [ male announcer ] want to make a great car interior? stop looking at car interiors. get inspired by other stuff. yep. yep. ok.
. the leading edge of a massive storm blanketed parts of the western u.s. from arizona to colorado. it's now moving east and forecasters in some state, predicting as much as a foot of snow. nbc's jay gray is in kansas city where the storm has already led to the cancellation of a popular golf tournament. >> reporter: this morning, the midwest is waking up to a blast of winter weather. zbrt latest winter storm is going to have everything with it freezing rain, ice and heavy snow. >> reporter: that snow has already started to fall across the region including parts of oklahoma, arkansas, colorado and kansas. shovels around. then plows are already working but if the forecast holds they may not be able to keep up the pace. some areas expect blizzard conditions and accumulations of two feet or more before it's over. so before it gets that bad, many are making sure they stoblg up on supplies to ride out the storm. >> i live far enough out of town that it's not convenient and we have enough roads in the country that do get rather snowbound. >> reporter: some roads and highways are already slick, lead
for days are beginning to get answers. u.s. coast guard said diesel fuel leaked ton to a hot surface sparking a fire that knocked out the system. coast guard estimates that a full investigation will take about six months. >>> well, it's time now for the weather. bill karins joins us here. how's it going? >> it's so easy to forget the reason they were stranded was fire which is scary enough. >> right. >> it could be a lot worse. >> yes. >>> good morning, everyone we have an active system across the country. for the next ten days. the current storm is moving up through the great lakes and the weather changing quickly across the ohio valley and deep south with the warm air showers and colder air moving behind it. that's going to be the case on the eastern seaboard. starting out you'll be fine but then the rain pushing in and much colder tomorrow. that cold blast now appears in the northern plains. you notice the green is rain, from flint, detroit, to cleveland. all the way from kentucky, the back side, a little snow in green bay. and some snow showers coming across wisconsin. the southe
states olympic hockey team defeated the heavily favorited soviets in the winter classic game. the u.s. would of course go on to win the gold. >> announcer: "early today" sports is brought to you by touch of gray. get rid of some gray. never all. >>> just ahead, spoiler alert for the academy awards. we've got a source that has a 97% accuracy record for picking oscars' winners. you don't want tos with that coming up next. >>> well, welcome back. we are going to see another snowstorm this weekend in new england. the best chance of the heavy wet snow is going to be interior sections of new england. i think the south coast of the new england, mostly a rain event four. interior sections, albany, portland, boston, new hampshire, the mass pike, that's where you have the best chance of significant snow. saturday night into sunday morning. as far as the forecast for the rest of the weekend, on saturday, a lot of rain lingering on the eastern seaboard from the mid-atlantic to the southeast. you're going to get soaked in the middle of the country. we'll get a nice recovery, mara, after the big sn
of partyers continued their mardi gras facilities. >>> paul bremer, the former u.s. envoy to iraq, laughed after the first shoe was thrown, tried to the catch the second shoe. the man that threw the shoe said he was delivering messages from sa dad hussein and the iraqi people. >>> boeing is hoping to get its troubled 787 dreamliner back in service as soon as possible. checking the plane, all the planes batteries after several problems were reported that month, ultimately grounding the commercial service fleet. a test flight was in the air on saturday. get this. the flight lasted a few hours and the crew described it as uneventful. >>> the search for life on mars continues with a big step forward for nasa. these pictures sent back after the curiosity rover drove through a rock on the red planet. scientists think the rock could hold evidence of a long lost wet environment. >> chris brown says he was trying to get away from the paparazzi when he crashed his car. he told police he was being chased when he ran his porsche into a wall in beverly hills. good thing nothing controversial ever happe
armed service committee, they are talking about results of the internal review on the attack on the u.s. consulate. four americans were killed including u.s. ambassador christopher stevens. ted, panetta testified that benghazi was on a list of 300 areas of threat worldwide but no specific warning of an imminent attack. >> and frankly, without an adequate warning there was not enough time, given the speed of the attack, for armed military assets to respond. >> panetta noted that the independent review conducted after the attack reached the same conclusion. >>> former senator chuck hagel will have to wait a little longer to find out if he will be the next defense secretary. members of the senate armed services committee decided to delay hagel's confirmation vote which was scheduled for this morning. that's because republicans demanded more information. several senators want more detail of hagel's business dealings and content of past speeches he's made. democrats say the move is just political posturing and they fully expect hagel to be confirmed. >>> what could be a grueling day for pres
they started the trip or if they were u.s. or mexican tourists. >> switching gears relief at the gas pump was short lived. the national average is up 17 cents from a week ago to 3:52. our region is seeing the price go up as well. virginia is the cheap nest the region. 14 cents. maryland has also seen an increase of 15 cents, paying 3.54 a gallon. in west virginia drivers are paying 3.63, 15 cents more than a week ago. are people having to use the gas? >> not bad. the only congestion is as you cross the american legion bridge getting closer georgetown pike. we'll head to 395 and take a live look as you make your way past duke. travel lanes are open. in the shoulder lane you will see construction in the right shoulder lane. let's continue across the 14th street bridge. no issues there as you commute in the district. no reports of accidents now. that's good news. barbara, back to you. >> thanks, danella. >>> it's black history month. today would have been rosa parks's birthday. and there will be a stamp issued in her honor today. welcome to you. great to see you. tell us about the stamp. how
in explaining the situation to the cuban government and the fact that u.s./cuban relations cannot advance until we resolve this issue. >> van hollen said gross has lost considerable weight since being locked up. he met with cuban president raul castro as well and called on that country to release gross from his 15-year sentence. >>> anne arundel county will welcome a new era of leadership. lauren newman will be sworn in at 10:00. she replaces disgraced executive john leopold. he used his private security detail to run personal and political errands and take him to sexual encounters. newman is currently howard county's economic development chief. schiele uphold his term which runs through 2014. >>> you'll get to witness history today. a statue is set to arrive on capitol hill. the 9 foot tall bronze statue of parks will soon call the u.s. capitol home. it's the first full size statue of an african-american woman in the statuary hall. parks sparked the montgomery bus boycotts after being arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger in 1955. the official unveiling happens next we
. the u.s. company operating the bus had no crashes in the past two years, according to federal records. >>> the president heads to minneapolis today to meet with local leaders on the issue of gun control. in his annual presuper bowl interview last night, the president addressed a range of other issues, including the risk of brain injury in children playing football. >> i want to make sure that we're doing everything we can to make the sport safer. and that means that the game is probably going to evolve a little bit. >> president obama also addressed the boy scouts' longstanding policy of excluding gays and lesbians saying that they should have, quote, access and opportunity, the same way everyone else does. >>> a new york icon is laid to rest today at the funeral for former new york city mayor ed koch. former president bill clinton speaks at the manhattan service and koch's favorite subway station will be renamed in his honor. >>> leon panetta defended the use of unmanned drone strikes to target potential terrorists who are a threat to the u.s. in an interview on "meet the press," he
undocumented immigrants living in the u.s. to earn citizenship. on monday he took his push for tougher gun laws to minneapolis, the city known as murderapolis in the mid '90s. >> weapons of war have no place on our streets or in our schools or threaten iing our law enforcement officers. >> reporter: against the backdrop of those officers, president obama urged supporters to call on congress to act. >> we don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something. >> reporter: while both sides largely agree with a need for extended background checks, reinstating the assault weapons ban remains the most controversial effort. president obama is ignoring the nation's economic challenges, critics say. >> our economy could use some presidential leadership right now. >> reporter: immigration reform is critical, they say, to helping the nation's economy. those coming here to meet with the president, ceos from companies like yahoo! goldman sachs and coca cola. natalie? >> thank you so much, peter. >>> secretly laying out conditions for carrying out targeted killings of suspected american terro
in the u.s. >>> the reason a local school district is pulling a video to fight bullyi welcome back. a huge winter storm is moving up the coast. right now boston is starting to see some of the first flurries. the weather channel's mike seidel is in revere, massachusetts, hes nest of boston. mike, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning from revere beach outside of downtown boston. we've got our first flakes. the real storm, the real show is going to be later today, tonight and saturday. we're expecting wind up to 70 miles per hour. there are blizzard warnings for seven state. the entire state of connecticut is under a blizzard warning. this could be a top five if not the biggest snowstorm on record at logan airport. 27 and a half inches ten years ago. the infamous blizzard of '78 dropped 27 mchs and we're just celebrating the anniversary of that prolific storm this week. as far as mass transit goes in boston, they're shutting everything down at 3:30 this afternoon, including their train, the t. all schools closed ahead of thisment airport cancellations, over 2300 systemwide. the new
for us, it's concerning u.s. markets again. germany's economy contracted the last three months of 2012. it shows the recession in the region has deepened. now evident in the continent's largest economy. jobless claims fell to the lowest number in three weeks. shattering economist's expectations. good news for the u.s. labor market. it's a deal that creates the world's biggest airline with the number three airline and the number five airline coming to the. amr, the parent of american airlines and us airways have approved their $11 billion merger. the new company, which will be called american airlines, run by current us airways ceo doug parker, will have more than 900 planes and 3200 daily flights. the deal has been in the works since august. american airlines has been in bankruptcy since november of 2011. >>> and warren buffett is putting the ring on a finger of h.j. heinz this valentine's day. the maker of ketchup and classico spaghetti sauce has said i do to $28 billion acquisition deal with berkshire hathaway and 3g capital. it's the largest food industry deal ever. heinz shareholde
it to the base. he successfully led u.s. forces in a fierce fire fight despite being wounded by a rocket propelled grenade. today he fought back tears as president obama praised the american soldiers who did not survive. >> this award is for the eight soldiers that didn't make it and for the rest of the team that fought valiantly and magnificently. >> he now lives in north dakota with his wife and three young children. >>> the impact from the blizzard of 2013 is still being felt in parts of the northeast tonight. hundreds of thousands remain without power. most of the outages are in massachusetts. boston schools will be closed again tomorrow. a parking ban and snow emergency also remain in effect. the governor is asking people to use mass transit to keep as many cars off the roads as possible. >> some communities up in new york are still waiting for a plow. people in the long island town of brookhaven took to the streets today with shovels and snow blowers trying to get themselves out of there. they spent today calling local officials wondering when a plow would finally come and dig them
overseas tonight, an egyptian court has sentenced four men to prison for a year for the attack on the u.s. embassy during protests over an anti-islam film in cairo last september. the men were charged with trespassing, and destruction of property. after scaling the embassy walls and tearing down the american flag. >>> when we come back here tonight, a different perspective on the blizzard of 2013. you kno? a talking car. but i'll tell you what impresses me. a talking train. this ge locomotive can tell you exactly where it is, what it's carrying, while using less fuel. delivering whatever the world needs, when it needs it. ♪ after all, what's the point of talking if you don't have something important to say? ♪ iwhy let constipation somethingstry miralax.?say? mirlax works differently than other laxatives. it draws water into your colon to unblock your system naturally. don't wait to feel great. miralax. hey america, even though slisa rinna is wearing the depend silhouette briefs for charity to prove how great the fit is even under a fantastic dress. the best protection now looks, fits
from physical injury. also, many cruise ships are registered in foreign countries and not subject to u.s. taxes and many regulations. the "triumph" is incorporated in the bahamas. >> this industry is unregulated because they have successfully hidden behind their foreign flags. >> reporter: in 2010, congress did pass the cruise vessel security and safety act, mandating better crime reporting at sea. but critics say it's not enough. >> there's no reason when a ship is mechanically deficient, operating out of the united states, that the united states cannot take action against the cruise lines. >> reporter: the industry says it has improved, implementing new safety policies following a string of disasters last year. like the cost of "concordia" and the cost of "allegra." >> this is already a heavily regulated industry. it's regulated at both international levels and national levels. and the enforcement occurs in multiple layers. >> reporter: dar says on any given day there are some 280 cruise ships on the open seas. carrying about 300,000 passengers. for those considering any kind of travel
sponsored by the u.s. postal service. the government today joined a lawsuit that had been filed earlier by one of his teammates, floyd landis. it says armstrong violated a strict ban on illegal drugs, all the while claiming he never used them. the government says armstrong and his team owners cheated the postal service out of at least $30 million that it paid to sponsor his racing team. but armstrong's lawyers say tonight the postal service's own study show it benefited tremendously from its sponsorship, benefits totalling more than $100 million. the justice department says lance armstrong's confessional television interview will be a factor as this goes forward, brian. >> pete williams in d.c. for us tonight. pete, thanks. >>> now to that huge winter storm that left parts of the midwest buried in snow overnight. it's all headed northeast now with new england looking at its third weekend in a row with significant precipitation and high winds. nbc's john yang in chicago covering for us. >> reporter: across the midwest, the day after the storm brought more treacherous travel. in iowa, a t
will lead the investigation and write the report into what exactly went wrong on this trip, but u.s. authorities are assisting in that report. you can be sure there will be many rules and regulations passed to try to prevent this from happening again. i'm chris pollone. i send it back to you. >> what a mess. i'm sure those people were so glad to get off the ship. >>> our weather has been beautiful, but it's getting cooler. >> we're going downhill very, very fast. i high near 60, it was gorgeous today. a lot of people enjoying it. some of you had the tops down on the cars? >> no. i saw you come in. out there right nour, the temperatures are coming down quick. we had a bit of rain come through earlier. now we're seeing some clearing skies, as the first wave moves on through. we have a lot more where that came from. take a look at the rain right now. the first bout that did drop those temperatures is now up towards the baltimore area. most of us just saw some light rain associatewood that. we also saw some wind. that is when we saw the cooler numbers, too. temperature is falling as rai
the key faub on you. >> reporter: made in the u.s.a. and available at the end of the year. this is where you plug in the cadillac. the knock on volkswagen beetle was that only women liked its rounded shape. this does not look like your dead's beetle. now it's sleeked down and souped up. so it's really shnell. >> it can be. >> it's swell and shnell. and that means fast. test out the latest four-wheel drives. i asked the folks at jeep for the keys to a brand new car. this is all they trust me with. more than a million square feet of innovation to see and sit in, you can really workup an appetite. fortunately, today's car can really take care of that too. i'm hungry. >> where would you like to search? >> reporter: bacon and eggs. they may still have four wheels but they've also got brains. and, guys, with the kind of weather that you're talking about out your way, perhaps this is the kind of thing -- oops. this is the kind of thing that you should be looking at. put a plow on the front and make a few bucks on the side. >> we could use that right now. >> you missed a spot, tibbs. >> here is
the blast, saying it threatens u.s. security and that the danger posed by north korea's threatening activities warrants further, swift and credible action by the international community. the united states will also continue to take steps necessary to defend ourselves and our allies. now, the u.n. security council in new york has called an emergency session to discuss ratcheting up sanctions against north korea, but the reality is that north korea is pretty much sanctioned out already. unless china steps up and agrees to impose strict sanctions against north korea, it appears that they will continue on this course to develop nuclear weapons. and this test today, following the test of a ballistic missile last december should put to rest any claims or hopes that the current 29-year-old north korean leader kim jong un is any different from his father, kim jong il. there's a difference in styles but kim jong un seems just as intent on creating a nuclear weapon that will put north korea in a powerful position as a nuclear threat in that region. >> jim miklaszewski at the pentagon for us t
. this is the u.s. airways ticket counter. it's very busy this morning. some of the folks standing here in line actually have plans to leave later in the day. they've changed those plans and they're hopping earlier flights out. in fact, a little while ago one of the employees at the counter said they were making an effort to shift things around to move people to the earlier flights to avoid the mass cancellations that we're expecting later on because of the bad weather in the northeast. people are being proactive as well. we've encountered folks who canceled their own flights. they rearranged things and in some cases changed airports so that they could get an earlier flight and miss all the problems that we're expecting later today. >> i had a 6:45 flight out of new york laguardia and it was canceled. they switched me to a 12:00 flight. i'm like that's ridiculous. you know it's not leaving. i canceled everything. we hopped in the car and drove down here, booked a flight down here. >> are you going to get where you need to go? >> hopefully, yes. >> and you can see live video of some of the prepa
says kerry wi speak next wednesday about the importance of u.s. diplomacy p the address will be the first in a series he'll deliver across the country. kerry will make his first trip abroad later this month to europe and the middle east. >> president obama is preparing for a busy day ahead. the obama administration says the visit from is a farewell call to the president of italian. >>> the president will head to chicago. he will visit a school in the neighborhood where he owns a home. he will push for a vote on gun control in congress. >>> the president's emotional rallying cry to curb gun violence in the tuesday night address has the nra reacting this morning. in a smeech to a hunting association, the ceo of the gun lobby calls the efforts a charade and he criticized him for never mentioning the words school safety in his speech. >> they only care about their decades-long, decades-old gun control agenda. ban every gun they can. tax every gun sold. and register every american gun owner. >>> wayne la pierre renewed his call to have an armed guard in every school in the na
travel at reagan national airport flies american or u.s. awaist. what this megamerger will mean. >>> major plans in the works to give silver spring a new makeoff. good evening, everyone. >> we begin with two major airlines, american and us airways coming together to form the world's
to be around $50 billion. that's greater than any u.s. hurricane except for katrina in 2005. the report also blames 72 deaths directly on sandy, making it the deadliest hurricane to strike the northeast in four decades. >>> we are mourning the loss of veteran nbc news correspondent tom aspul who spent 20 years with nbc, covering world-changing events including the fall of saddam hussein and the war in afghanistan. he was 62 years old. all of us who work with him remember him so well and loved him dearly. >>> it was a ride to remember for a pregnant woman heading to the hospital a few days ago in connecticut with three feet of snow on the ground from that blizzard and lori wood, about to give birth, five neighbors fashioned a car luggage carrier into a sled. they then dragged her 1,000 yards until they found a plowed road and a car that could get her to the hospital. and she gave birth to this beautiful little baby boy, jimmy, about an hour later. that's an adventure into the world. more baby news also this morning. alec baldwin and his wife are expecting their first child together. hilaria b
in u.s. history. yet, there are many myths and misconceptions about them. >> here to tell us what she's learned about her generation is "today" contributor and host of "rltv's boomers 2.0, a generation and reimagined" and "rethink 50 plus" is our good friend jane pauley. >> hi, jane. >> a little cleavage in the morning. >> that is what we like. >> that's the way we like our jane. let's be honest. >> thank you for pointing that out. thank you so much for pointing that out. >> that's what we're here for. >> by the way, my generation is our generation. >> right, exactly. >> you, hoda, are the trailing edge. she's on the cusp. you're the trailing edge. i'm the leading edge of the baby boomers. >> i'm right there with you. >> you're ripe. >> oh, boy am i ripe. >> you certainly are. >> rltv in partnership with aarp has done these two programs on the next week on the 14th -- wednesday, i think -- re-evaluating the impact of our generation. i mean, everybody knows the impact we have had, but that we continue to have is the issue, and the numbers would surprise you. boomers have about almost t
and treatment have helped reduce breast cancer mortality in the u.s. by 33% since 1990. help us continue serving the millions of women and men with breast cancer who still need us every day. register for the 3-day now. (woman) it's just been an amazing, amazing journey. i love these people. ♪ and it's beautiful >>> breaking news at 6:14. pope benedict xvi is announcing that he will resign at the end of the month. february 28th. saying that he no longer has the strength to complete his job adequately. apparently he says he's resigning with full freedom and fully aware of the gravity of this gesture. >> pope benedict, 85 years old now. he was elected to become pope in 2005 at an elder age. he was the oldest pope to be ee electriced when that happened. if you've noticed. when we've seen him in public, he has at times walk with a cane and with the help of some of his aides. at this point, saying he doesn't believe his health will hold up to maintain this position in the catholic church and in the state that is the vatican. we're hoping to gather more information on this and find out exactly what m
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